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New (to me) Rav4, what to check?

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New (to me) Rav4, what to check?

PostPosted by mynameisjoe » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:48 pm

Last week I picked up a 2007 2.2 d4d xt-r with 120k on it. Overall it's in pretty good condition for its age and miles. It only has 6 stamps in the book and they were done on a yearly basis as opposed to mileage. The first thing I'll be doing is the usual service with filters and fluids. Is there anything else I need to check or change? Diff oil, gearbox oil etc? I don't have any knocking banging or anything else but there is a bit of a low level whine from the rear when doing about 60mph. Could just be road noise as it's 4x4 tyres that are fitted?.
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Re: New (to me) Rav4, what to check?

PostPosted by jolak » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:38 pm

hi, I'm not one of the technical experts on this site and I've just sold a 2011 Rav with 93000+ on the clock. I had it serviced at an independent garage from the start and the guy who did it, itemised any fluid changes, brake pad and disc fitting etc, so it's easy to see what was done and when. I also kept receipts for all parts and fluids which I provided for the garage to make sure that the correct stuff was used. If it was done at a Toyota garage, I know that they print receipts itemising all fluids used and you just have to hope that they have done it. If I was in your position, I would just do all the fluids including brake fluid and at least you know every thing's done.
There are some excellent instruction posts on here from Anchorman and Parts King can supply the correct fluids with a discount that you won't get from your local Toyota Dealer, unless you're trade. Good luck with your motor.
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Re: New (to me) Rav4, what to check?

PostPosted by Davrav » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:55 pm

One thing you should definitely check is the fuel filler pipe under the removable plastic shroud in rear nearside wheel arch. These have been known to corrode quite badly, especially if the RAV has been used in muddy conditions and not cleaned effectively.
Removal of the shroud can be achieved with the wheel in position but it's easier with the wheel off. Be careful with the nuts as they are likely to be corroded and the captive threads and mounting brackets can break off. If they look in poor condition probably best to soak with penetrating fluid for a while. If the pipe is in reasonable nick, then a good clean up and judicious coating of an underbody protective sealant such as Dinitrol is very worthwhile.
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Re: New (to me) Rav4, what to check?

PostPosted by mynameisjoe » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:49 am

Thanks jolak and Davrav.
Unfortunately there aren't any receipts, I bought it from an auction after it failed to reach its reserve. I contacted the seller and offered well under what I thought it was worth expecting to be knocked back. I drove it home within a couple of hours. It's pretty well looked after inside and out so I'm assuming the mechanicals have been looked after too but it doesn't always work like that. I've tried searching for common faults on tinternet but can't really find any which is why I asked in here. Whish I had done that with the vectra before I bought it!!!
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Re: New (to me) Rav4, what to check?

PostPosted by Big Kev » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:59 am

Bonjourno Giusseppi from Perf.......not got many Australian members from Scotlandshire.....

Change fuel filter.....DO NOT use supermarket fuel........change cabin/pollen filter behind glove compartment, as it will be bowfin' probably. Dead easy or come to Stepps and I will do.....sorry.....just moved to Nairn and forgot.
Get a can of BG244, READ INSTRUCTIONS AND PUT IN TANK. Davrav good advice on fuel filler neck.

More advice to come as you require it.....usually from me, as I am a cardboard box expert (retired.) If ever up this way geeza shout, and welcome to this nub of clutters. :s_thumbsup

If chunky stupit 4x4 tyres are fitted, possibly yer whine, but diff oils a verywurffwhile job.
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Re: New (to me) Rav4, what to check?

PostPosted by Aleman » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:33 pm

Has it had the engine replaced :o

Seriously the 2AD engine had a known fault that basically caused the Cylinder head gasket to blow. At 120K miles I'm guessing it's either been done, or you have one of the ones that's never going to go.

My 2007 XTR needed a 3/4 engine replacement at just under 30K miles . . . Luckily for me Toyota had acknowledges the fault and were offering a 7 Year / 100K free replacement IF the car was using more that 1L of oil in 1000 miles. (plus other symptoms) . . Of course that has expired by now.
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